My Shipova, about 12 years old, finally has a full crop.

denninmi(8a)June 24, 2013

Roughly 12 years old, maybe only 10ish, I lost track. It had fruit the first time 2 years ago, nothing last year due to the extreme freeze out. Has a full crop for a little tree, about 10-12 feet tall x 4-6 wide.

I was really impressed with the flavor in 2011 -- rich, buttery, very sweet, similar to a really good pear or even Asian pear, soft texture. Pretty small, about the size of an egg at best.

Looking forward to them later this summer.

So, I would recommend it

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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)

Make sure to keep us posted. I've had mine 5 years. I was planning to replace it with Fondante des Moulins-Lille, but if it's worth it I'll try to squeeze them both in somehow. Do you have any data on storage qualities of Shipova?

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 1:13PM
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peachymomo(Ca 8)

Glad to hear it! I have one tree that's three years old and another that's four but was girdled by a weedwhacker and is now a bush not a tree. I can't wait to taste my first fruits! I'm contemplating espaliering the tree that was girdled since that might encourage it to fruit at a younger age.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 2:04PM
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denninmi(8a)

I can't see them storing at all, maybe 2-3 weeks if picked green like a pear -- well, ok, they basically are a pear, but a summer pear, not a winter, storage pear like Bosc or Winter Nellis or Olympic Giant. I let my few fruits - I had about 6 or 8 but the critters got all but 2 or 3, ripen fully on the tree until soft and golden in color. I would say they would store about like a Bartlett, which in my experience isn't very long.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 4:04PM
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Noogy(6 sw mi)

That's really cool. What is it grafted onto?

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 9:22AM
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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)

Mine is grafted onto mountain ash. I got it from One Green World.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 11:46AM
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quillfred

Congrats! There is nothing quite like finally getting that reward after waiting so many years for good fruit. You have a lot of patience to grow that one.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 3:04PM
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Noogy(6 sw mi)

I wonder how it'd do on a OHF series stock. There's a reason it's on Mt. Ash, compatibility?

    Bookmark   June 26, 2013 at 7:52AM
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